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US journalist released from Syria 'overwhelmed with emotion'

A US journalist released earlier this week after almost two years of imprisonment in Syria said he was "overwhelmed with emotion" because of the attention he has received upon returning home.

Peter Theo Curtis, 45, was captured in 2012 by Nusra Front and was only released on Sunday.

He said: "I suddenly remember how good the American people are, and what kindness they have in their hearts."

Meanwhile, Douglas McAuthur McCain, 33, who is suspected of fighting with Islamic State militants operating in Iraq and Syria, has been killed in the Middle East, a US security official has said.

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40,000 stranded on Iraq mountain as militants advance

This video purportedly shows members of the Yazidi faith stranded on Sinjar Mountain after Islamist militants advanced across northern Iraq.

Tens of thousands of people from minority groups have been driven from their homes in the Kurdistan region, with around 40,000 taking refuge on the mountain.

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